A quick blog hit about the Squirrel Brew that Notch brewed for the JP Music Fest, as you’ll start seeing it pop up at bars all over Jamaica Plain this weekend. The beer is a very short run of 13 lucky kegs that will be used for fundraising efforts for the fest. I cut my price to the wholesaler significantly, my wholesaler (Burke) cut their price significantly to bars, and every time you buy a pint, a portion of that transaction goes back to the fest. How much is up to each account serving it, but you can be sure it’s a good chunk of change.
Squirrel Brew (yes, Squirrel Brew!) is an unfiltered blonde bitter. Refreshing, dry and hoppy. I used the British malt Golden Promise from Fawcett Malting in Yorkshire, a Yorkshire ale yeast, and a healthy dose of US hops – Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo. It’s a great day drinker (4.5%ABV) for those who like their hops piney, citrusy, and in abundance.
Look for it here:
Bukowski’s Boston (the outlier!)
It won’t last long, and hopefully there will still be some kicking around by the time of the JP Music Fest on September 8. There will also be a pub crawl on Sept 5 if you want to test the session mettle of this beer.
And the name, Squirrel Brew? Ya, I don’t have a lot of dogmatic views at Notch, but there are two: nothing above 4.5% ABV, and no beers with silly names. So, my excuse? Sometimes it’s good to be silly, and more importantly, to support local arts and music! And here’s the back story of the legendary JP Albino Squirrel, enjoy!